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A further EU policy update is due in mid December

EU to start measuring embodied carbon emissions from buildings

The European Commission is considering a new EU-wide requirement to measure the carbon emissions associated with construction materials throughout their whole lifecycle but is expected to stop short of regulating.

The UEA's Enterprise Centre, pictured, is used as a best-practice case study in the report. Image: BDP

New Net-Zero Estate Playbook plots decarbonisation of UK Government's buildings

The UK Government has published a new 'playbook' detailing how it plans to decarbonise public sector buildings including schools, hospitals and prisons in line with national net-zero targets.

Image: Sir Robert McAlpine

Landsec outlines £135m net-zero investment plans as Sir Robert McAlpine announces next decarbonisation steps

In positive moves towards a low-carbon built environment sector in the UK, property developer Landsec has published a multi-million-pound investment scheme to support the delivery of science-based emissions targets, while construction and engineering firm Sir Robert McAlpine has pledged to develop 1.5C-aligned targets.  

Pictured: Nicola Sturgeon, Vanessa Nakate and Nigel Topping at this afternoon's 'Racing to a Better World' event

COP26: six things you need to know from Cities, Regions and Built Environment Day

The final day of COP26 proceedings for non-state actors (11 November) was dedicated to Cities, Regions and the Built Environment. Here, edie rounds up the day's big announcements in this space, and summarises the state of play as negotiations enter their final hours.

#SustyTalk: Signify UK&I CEO Stephen Rouatt on decarbonising the built environment

edie's #SustyTalk series of sustainability-related interviews continues with an exclusive discussion with Signify UK & Ireland's chief executive Stephen Rouatt.

(L-R): Magali Anderson (Holcim), Luke Nicholls (edie), Zoe Haseman (Jacobs) and Munish Datta (UKGBC) took part in a lively podcast panel discussion within the COP26 Green Zone

COP26 Covered Podcast episode 13: The Built Environment Day climate debate LIVE

With the final full day of COP26 being Cities, Regions & Built Environment Day, Luke convenes a lively podcast panel to discuss the key announcements and net-zero developments across the sector – featuring senior reps from the UK Green Building Council, building materials company Holcim, and professional services firm Jacobs.

Emissions from the UK's building and infrastructure sector will need to fall by 88% by 2050 in UKGBC's net-zero scenario 

COP26: UKGBC unveils new tool to help businesses measure and reduce carbon across building lifecycles

The UK Green Building Council (UKGBC) has unveiled its much-anticipated Whole Life Carbon Roadmap - a tool to help businesses across the built environment sector measure and cut carbon from materials, processes, operation and demolition.

Lagos (pictured) will be one of the cities across Africa, Asia and Latin America to benefit from the initiative

COP26: UK launches new 'urban climate action' fund for developing nations

To coincide with COP26, the UK Government has launched a new fund whereby developed nations can provide funding to support cities and regions in developing countries to decarbonise.

The CCC warns that some “strategic gaps” exist, namely that not all sectors have clear plans and pathways to tackle emissions

Net-Zero Strategy 'achievable and affordable' but policy gaps need addressing, CCC notes

The Government's Net-Zero Strategy is an "achievable and affordable" means to reaching its legally binding climate target, but some policy gaps still need to be addressed, according to the Climate Change Committee (CCC).

The strategy collects all previous climate commitments as well as building on them

At a glance: All the key announcements in the Net-Zero Strategy

The UK Government has finally published its Net-Zero Strategy, a comprehensive run-through of how the nation will decarbonise in a way that "transforms every sector of the global economy", although some green groups don't believe the steps outlined in the Strategy can mobilise action to deliver net-zero by 2050.

Pictured: An artist's impression of the timber-framed Pavillion in Stratford's International Quarter. Image: Lendlease

Green leases, renewable electricity and alternative fuels: Inside Lendlease's first year working towards absolute zero emissions

International property and investments group Lendlease has spoken exclusively with edie about the actions it has taken to decarbonise in its first year since setting a 2025 net-zero target for operations and a 2040 'absolute zero-carbon' target.

Time to build our infrastructure on green foundations

Thomas Guillot, Chief Executive of the Global Cement and Concrete Association discusses the sectors road to net-zero emissions.

Grosvenor’s historic London estate in Mayfair and Belgravia is its main source of direct emissions

Grosvenor to use carbon offsetting earlier than planned, in bid to become carbon-neutral by 2025

Property developer Grosvenor Britain & Ireland has announced a carbon offsetting strategy to bolster its 2030 net-zero goal, confirming plans to reach carbon neutrality by 2025 through carbon credit purchases.

More detailed plans are expected following the publication of the UK's Heat and Buildings Strategy

Heat and Buildings Strategy: Scotland sets out investments to deliver net-zero built environment

With still no sign of the UK's Heat and Buildings Strategy, the Scottish Government has unveiled its intention to cut emissions from the built environment by 68% by 2030 through a £1.8bn investment plan to transform the nation's building stock to net-zero by 2045.

Pictured: The Bauhaus office block in Manchester, which is WELL Gold certified

Orchard Street accelerates net-zero targets through new pathway

Commercial property investment manager Orchard Street has published a pathway to net-zero emissions, including a plan to reach the milestone for corporate and landlord emissions and refurbishments 20 years earlier than planned.

Are you our next Rising Sustainability Star? Entries for the 2022 Awards close on 1 October 2021

What makes a sustainability leader? Meet rising star Jonathan Ayton

With the entry deadline for edie's 2022 Sustainability Leaders Awards on Friday (1 October), this series showcases the achievements of previous winners. Up next: Winner of our 'Rising Sustainability Star' award, Willmott Dixon's Jonathan Ayton.

The Business Guide to Net-Zero Carbon Buildings provides a much-needed breakdown of how organisations can achieve net-zero carbon buildings

edie launches new business guide on net-zero carbon buildings

edie has published a brand new guide exploring how businesses can improve energy efficiency, data collection, local network sharing and staff engagement and wellbeing as part of a long-term journey to deliver net-zero emissions for the built environment.

The scheme replicates the well-established NABERS Australian rating system

NABERS: New energy rating scheme for offices available in UK

A new energy rating scheme for UK offices has officially launched this week in a bid to help businesses reach net-zero targets by bridging the gap between the design and in-use energy performance of their buildings.

The Business Guide to Net-Zero Carbon Buildings

With buildings now accounting for more than half of total city emissions on average, it’s clear that urgent and dramatic action is required to accelerate the decarbonisation of the built environment. In addition, the devastating impacts of the coronavirus pandemic has seen those that are able to work from home, creating a new dynamic for the energy use and management of corporate buildings.

World Green Building Week: 11 of the best innovations for a better built environment

To mark World Green Buildings Week (20-24 September) edie and its new content partner Springwise have rounded-up some of the most innovative solutions available that are helping to improve sustainability across the built environment sector.

the WorldGBC is now calling for businesses to account for the whole lifecycle impact of all new buildings and major renovations

'Reduction-first approach': WorldGBC updates net-zero buildings commitment

The World Green Buildings Council (WorldGBC) has today (15 September) unveiled an update to its longstanding Net Zero Carbon Buildings Commitment, that aims to ignite a "reduction-first" approach to decarbonisation to halve emissions from the sector by 2030 and tackle lifecycle emissions.

Pictured: An artist's impression of the Tengah Garden Walk project. Image: Singapore Housing & Development Board

CDL and MCL Land secure $847m green loan package to build 1,000+ sustainable homes

Property giants City Developments Limited (CDL) and MCL Land have secured an $847m green loan package, which will be used to support a joint venture developing two sustainable housing developments in Singapore.

'Green' commercial buildings seem to have weathered the pandemic well 

Report: 55% of commercial property firms recorded increased demand for 'green' buildings amid Covid-19

Of the commercial property professionals to have responded to a global survey of more than 4,000 decision-makers in the built environment space, more than half (55%) saw growth in demand for sustainable buildings over the past 12 months.

Decarbonising homes has been a hot topic in recent weeks, amid further delays to the Heat and Buildings Strategy

Net-Zero Strategy must not repeat past mistakes on low-carbon homes, major groups warn Prime Minister

A coalition of industry and consumer groups are urging Prime Minister Boris Johnson to ensure that the upcoming Heat and Buildings Strategy and Net-Zero Strategy do not repeat historic mistakes on decarbonising homes.

Image: Clarion Housing Group, a recipient of a share of the previous £62m round of funding

£160m Government funding boost for improving energy efficiency of social housing

The UK Government has launched a new £160m fund to support social housing providers in making properties more energy efficient.

Emissions from the UK’s domestic building stock notably account for around one-quarter of annual national total

UK households call for national retrofit plan amid reports of Tory rows over Heat & Buildings Strategy

UK households have written an open letter to COP26 President Alok Sharma, urging him to push the Government to develop a national strategy for decarbonising existing buildings. The call to action comes amid reports of rows within the Government about the cost of low-carbon heating.

Pictured: An engineer working on the audit of Mitie's estate, assessing the energy efficiency of lighting

Heat pumps and energy efficiency: Mitie plots path to net-zero buildings by 2025

After setting a 2025 net-zero target for operational emissions last year, facilities management firm Mitie has outlined how it plans to reduce emissions from its estate in line with this goal.

Pictured right: Heineken's 'Greener Bar' at the ExCel Centre in London

Sustainable Business Covered podcast: Spotlight on net-zero buildings, bars and beverages

In episode 106 of the Sustainable Business Covered podcast, edie explores how the net-zero transition is being managed across the places we live, work and socialise.

An extra £250m will be spent on flood and coastal defences compared to last year, which the Government claims is the higher ever annual investment

Government outlines £5.2bn flood defence spending plans

The Government has today (29 July) outlined how £5.2bn will be spent over the next six years to improve the nation's resiliency against flooding, following the weather-related events that occurred in places such as London this week.

Businesses have been tasked with aligning to the ambitions of Race to Zero

New environmental roadmap developed for homebuilders

UK homebuilders have backed a new Government-led plan to ensure that new builds are zero-carbon ready by 2025 as well as improving biodiversity and reducing waste.

By 2035, the CLC will have reduced construction product emissions by 66% from 2018 levels

Construction Leadership Council plots path to net-zero

The Construction Leadership Council (CLC), which is co-chaired by Minister for Business and Industry, Department for Business, Energy, and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) Anne-Marie Trevelyan, has outlined plans to help the sector reach net-zero emissions as part of the wider national target.

As few as six materials, including concrete and steel, account for 70% of the construction-related embodied carbon

Report: Built environment failing to account for lifecycle emissions of projects

Businesses operating in the built environment sector have been called upon to adopt a whole lifecycle approach to assessing greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions, with a new report finding that less than 1% of global building projects currently calculate and report on lifecycle emissions.

Cadogan has signed the Better Building Partnership Climate Change Commitment and will publish a pathway to net-zero emissions in due course

Cadogan sets net-zero emissions target for 2030

Property developer and investor Cadogan Estates has unveiled a set of sweeping sustainability targets to reduce waste and water usage alongside a headline commitment to reach net-zero emissions by 2030.

It's time to enlist historic buildings in climate action

All great political and economic revolutions are achieved through a combination of 'Big Bang' - the wow, if you will - and evolutionary developments in society. The Storming of the Bastille was the culmination of a huge societal shift experienced in France over many decades, for example. Big Bang plus incremental change.

Tasmania's 200% renewables goal and Toast Ale's B-Corp recertification: The sustainability success stories of the week

As part of our Mission Possible campaign, edie brings you this weekly round-up of five of the best sustainability success stories of the week from across the globe.

How to be a net-zero winner

As part of edie's Net-Zero Carbon Playbook, Centrica Business Solution's net-zero product manager Alex Lowe explains the steps that organisations can take to thrive during the net-zero transition.

The report is free to download for edie users

Net-Zero Carbon Playbook: edie launches new business blueprint report

edie has launched a new report that acts as a business blueprint of key considerations for the UK private sector to assist with efforts to reach net-zero carbon emissions.

Housing and business buildings are responsible for 78% of the capital’s annual operational emissions

London Mayor Sadiq Khan declares 'retrofit revolution' to slash building emissions

London will soon host a new £3.5m 'centre of excellence' to help social housing providers retrofit their homes, and City Hall has also entered a new partnership deal that could unlock £10bn of private finance to cut building emissions.

The challenge for Biden, Boris, and the rest of us

Imagine yourself several decades from now, settled happily in your rocking chair, when your wide-eyed great-granddaughter walks into the room. She fixes you with a stare and asks the question you have long dreaded: "What exactly did you do to cut carbon emissions from the UK's stock of homes and commercial buildings in the early twenty-first century?"

More than 80% of homes standing today will still be standing in 2050, the point by which the UK has committed to reaching net-zero

After Green Homes Grant failure, Government 'dodges' recommendations on energy-efficient homes

The Government has admitted that it did not consult stakeholders before launching the now-defunct Green Homes Grant scheme, in a document that MPs have said is evidence that it is shirking responsibility on domestic energy efficiency.

Image: Taylor Wimpey

Taylor Wimpey targets nature net-gain under new sustainability strategy

Housebuilder Taylor Wimpey has published an updated environment strategy, with headline targets including science-based emissions reductions and a commitment to increase habitat at all new sites.

The scheme had targeted 600,000 homes, but just 53,000 homes made successful applications before its closure

Green Homes Grant: Less than 10% of promised vouchers issued

Less than £200m of the £2bn of vouchers initially promised under the UK's Green Homes Grant Scheme has been issued, new official Government figures show.

Diageo's low-carbon bottles and Michelin's carbon-neutral goal: The sustainability success stories of the week

As part of our Mission Possible campaign, edie brings you this weekly round-up of five of the best sustainability success stories of the week from across the globe.

Taking a data-backed approach to sustainable offices

In light of Covid-19, travel restrictions and the adoption of flexible working arrangements have resulted in a general decrease in office occupation in the UK. Teams have adapted and embraced the use of teleconferencing, which has provided a convenient, low-carbon alternative to in-person meetings and is expected to be sustained, at least to some degree, in the future.

British Land's portfolio is currently valued at around £14.8bn

British Land confirms approved science-based targets on journey to net-zero

Property development and investment giant British Land has had interim carbon reductions targets to help deliver net-zero emissions approved by the Science Based Targets initiative (SBTi).

edie asks businesses occupying, and investing in, offices, what a sustainable future looks like after Covid-19

What does the UK's sustainable office of the future look like?

Many of the UK's biggest businesses are planning to downsize their office estates this year, while outlining plans to continue remote working post-lockdown. But are environmental considerations a driver, as well as Covid-19? And will the office of the future be truly sustainable?

The 10-page guide is free to download

New edie report launched to help businesses create sustainable offices post-lockdown

Organisations looking to make their offices more sustainable across the axes of environment, society and financials now have access to a free new downloadable guide on the topic.

edie Explains: Sustainable Offices in the 'New Normal'

Why is it important for businesses to explore holistically sustainable offices, in the wake of Covid-19? And what are the key challenges and opportunities for businesses developing more sustainable offices? This free edie Explains guide answers these key questions and more.

Pictured: Morgan Sindall staff taking part in the Carbon Literacy Trust partnership scheme in schools

Morgan Sindall outlines fresh carbon accounting and engagement moves on road to net-zero

After announcing a 2030 net-zero target last month, Morgan Sindall Group has outlined new measures to track and reduce carbon across its construction business - and to engage the communities where its construction projects are located.

The banks warn that a piecemeal, short-term approach would hinder the amount of finance that is funnelled into retrofitting efforts

Retrofit revolution can cut emissions and deliver £7.5bn energy savings for UK

Retrofitting the UK's building stock with low-carbon solutions could reduce national energy costs by £7.5bn a year, create more than 150,000 jobs over a 10-year period and cut carbon emissions by 20%, MPs have been told.

SWR has committed to reducing the energy consumption of its building portfolio by 41% by 2024

LED retrofit reduces energy use by 21% for South Western Railway

South Western Railway (SWR) has delivered a 21% reduction in the energy consumption of its properties, following the installation of more than 16,000 LED light fittings across its properties.

The award-winning edie editorial team delivers three exclusive interviews celebrating women in sustainability

Sustainable Business Covered podcast: Choosing to challenge for International Women's Day 2021

The new edie podcast episode is streaming now, featuring three exclusive interviews to mark International Women's Day 2021.

The 15-page report is free to download

New report details how businesses can help deliver sustainable cities and communities post-Covid-19

edie has launched its latest SDG Spotlight report, looking at how businesses can transform to help achieve the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) post-lockdown, with the latest focusing on Goal 11: Sustainable Cities and Communities.

SDG Spotlight: How Businesses Can Achieve Goal 11 – Sustainable Cities & Communities

edie's latest SDG Spotlight report provides a detailed progress update on how businesses are transforming operations, services and supply chains to deliver Goal 11: Sustainable Cities & Communities across the globe.

Last year, Morgan Sindall was among the construction firms to jointly declare a climate emergency

Morgan Sindall targets net-zero emissions by 2030

The Morgan Sindall Group is the latest construction company to commit to reaching net-zero emissions, aiming to reach that milestone by 2030 at the latest.

Natalie joined Grosvenor in 2015, where she combines her expertise in sustainability management with her experience as an analyst and surveyor

Meet edie's 30 Under 30 Class of 2020: Natalie Orde, Grosvenor Europe

This new series profiles the members of edie's 30 Under 30 - a nomination-based community of 30 hugely talented young sustainability and energy professionals who have already achieved great things or are showing fantastic promise. Up next: Grosvenor Europe's sustainability manager Natalie Orde.

Costs could rapidly rack up without proper climate mitigation and adaptation, the report warns. Pictured: Flooding in Texas following Storm Harvey in 2017

Report: Real estate sector's inaction on climate change could increase costs by $2.5trn

Globally, real estate firms could rack up $2.5trn of additional costs in the future unless they accelerate action to decarbonise buildings and to boost climate adaptation and resilience this decade.

Pavan joined Multiplex in 2015 as a sustainability graduate and has quickly progressed to a senior position

Meet edie's 30 Under 30 Class of 2020: Pavan Patel, Multiplex Construction Europe

This new series profiles the members of edie's 30 Under 30 - a nomination-based community of 30 hugely talented young sustainability and energy professionals who have already achieved great things or are showing fantastic promise. Up next: Multiplex's senior sustainability manager, Pavan Patel.

Pictured: An artist's impression of the redevelopment of CDL's Republic Plaza property, located in Singapore’s Central Business District

Real estate giant CDL targets net-zero operations by 2030

City Developments Limited (CDL) has become the first large business in Southeast Asia to sign the World Green Building Council's (WorldGBC) net-zero carbon buildings commitment.

The UK Government is notably targeting 600,000 domestic heat pumps by 2028

Low-carbon heat: UK's heat pump sales set to almost double this year

The UK's heat pump manufacturers have collectively placed orders with suppliers for more than 67,000 units this year - around double the number currently already in warehouses and on shelves.

Companies from the oil and gas, metals, mining and utilities sectors will all be subjected to the programme and will be required to set science-based targets 

Aviva Investors warns it will divest from climate laggards

Aviva Investors has warned that it will fully divest from companies that fail to decarbonise in alignment with net-zero climate science and will issue a new programme that engages with carbon-intensive companies to meet climate goals.

Pictured: Salford's Slate Yard development, backed by Legal & General

Legal & General plots course to net-zero real estate across £21bn UK portfolio

Legal & General's Real Assets arm has outlined plans to reach net-zero across its UK real estate portfolio by 2050, including new investments in onsite renewable energy and carbon offsetting.

Pictured: Compere Julia Bradbury (right) and the Green Finance Institute's Emma Harvey (left) present the award

What makes a sustainability leader? Meet CBRE Global Investors

With less than two weeks until the 2021 Sustainability Leaders Awards, this feature series showcases the achievements of the 2020 winners and reveals their secrets to success. Up next: The winners of the Investor of the Year Award, CBRE Global Investors.

Chris joined Wills Bros Ltd in 2018 and has quickly risen up the ranks to lead his own team

Meet edie's 30 Under 30 Class of 2020: Chris Landsburgh, Wills Bros Ltd

This new series profiles the members of edie's 30 Under 30 - a nomination-based community of 30 hugely talented young sustainability and energy professionals who have already achieved great things or are showing fantastic promise. Up next: Wills Bros Ltd's environmental and sustainability manager Chris Landsburgh.

New homes will be required to have a reduced carbon footprint of 31% by 2021 compared to current levels

Government unveils 'radical' energy efficiency standards for homes and offices

All homes and business facilities will be required to meet new energy efficiency standards that reduce energy consumption and lower bills by 2025, after the Government finally outlined responses to the Future Homes Standard.

Pictured: The Bauhaus office block in Manchester, which is WELL Gold certified

Orchard Street targets net-zero across £4bn portfolio of buildings

Commercial property investment manager Orchard Street, which manages retail units, offices and industrial facilities worth more than £4bn, has outlined plans to reach net-zero ahead of the UK government's 2050 deadline.

The BBC is expected to flesh out the net-zero commitments over the coming months

BBC to outline net-zero target for 2030

The BBC's director-general Tim Davie has outlined ambitions to staff for the broadcaster to achieve net-zero emissions by 2030, with further details expected later in the year.

Mace will now aim to further reduce its absolute emissions by 10% each year through to 2026

Mace achieves net-zero operations and developments

Major construction and consultancy firm Mace has announced that it is now a net-zero business, after investing in measures to reduce emissions and setting up an offsetting scheme.

TSB is developing science-based targets to support its net-zero vision

TSB and Aviva Investors plot pathway to net-zero carbon

Major retail bank TSB has unveiled its plans to reach net-zero by 2030, after cutting operational emissions by 66% during 2020. At the same time, Aviva Investors has revealed its plans to decarbonise its real assets portfolio.

#SustyTalk: How can the built environment deliver a green recovery?

edie's #SustyTalk interview series continues with a special panel discussion on the green recovery for the built environment, featuring Bennetts Associates' director Peter Fisher and FORE Partnership's managing director Basil Demeroutis.

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Report: Can the built environment achieve a green recovery?

edie has today (8 January) launched a free report detailing the appetite within the built environment sector to collaborate to overcome the challenges presented by the ongoing coronavirus pandemic and to "build back better" by championing the green recovery.

Mission Possible: Achieving a green recovery for the built environment

edie's Mission Possible campaign has evolved to focus on the green recovery, with a new series of reports outlining the challenges that businesses in key sectors face in relation to the coronavirus pandemic, and the opportunities that the green recovery will bring. Up next, the built environment.

The Roadmap will help Lendlease align with the 1.5C trajectory

Lendlease outlines roadmap to reach zero carbon emissions in Europe

International property and investments group Lendlease has launched a new roadmap which outlines how eliminating diesel use on construction sites and procuring 100% renewable electricity will help the company reach net-zero emissions by 2040.

The Adaptation Communication will be submitted to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) alongside the newly created NDC

UK ramps up climate adaptation plans in build up to COP26

The UK has become one of the first countries to publish an official plan setting out how the nation is responding to the climate crisis through adaptation and resiliency plans that focus on flood prevention and rewilding.

Pictured: An artist's impression of Grosvenor's build-to-rent neighbourhood, under development in Berdmonsey 

Think Zero: Grosvenor plots pathway to net-zero by 2030

Property developer Grosvenor Britain & Ireland has outlined plans to become a net-zero business by 2030 and earmarked £90m to retrofit and 'future-proof' its portfolio of buildings across London.

CWG plays host to more than 7.7 million square feet of office space and almost one million square feet of retail space

Canary Wharf Group targets net-zero by 2030

London-based property giant Canary Wharf Group (CWG) has outlined plans for reaching net-zero by 2030, including new commitments on electric vehicles and heat.

Kate joined Cadogan earlier this year after more than four years at Hammerson

Meet edie's 30 Under 30 Class of 2020: Kate Neale, Cadogan

This new series profiles the members of edie's 30 Under 30 - a nomination-based community of 30 hugely talented young sustainability and energy professionals who have already achieved great things or are showing fantastic promise. Up next: Cadogan's sustainability manager Kate Neale.

Pictured: Compere Julia Bradbury (centre) presents the Ikea team with the award

What makes a sustainability leader? Inside Ikea's Greenwich store

With the 2021 Sustainability Leaders Awards approaching, this new feature series showcases the achievements of the 2020 winners and reveals their secrets to success. Up next: The winner of our Built Environment Project of the Year, Ikea.

The 100-page report outlines the Government’s intention to “deliver an infrastructure revolution” that is tied to net-zero

National Infrastructure Strategy: Government to deliver 'revolution' tied to net-zero

The Government has launched its long-awaited National Infrastructure Strategy, detailing how transport, industry, energy and the built environment will be transformed to reach net-zero, with Chancellor Rishi Sunak using his spending review to confirm a £12bn commitment to the net-zero transition in 2021-2022.

Julie studied Business Administration but soon discovered that her passions lie in delivering positive outcomes for people and planet, too

Meet edie's 30 Under 30 Class of 2020: Julie Dang, Canary Wharf Group

This new series profiles the members of edie's 30 Under 30 - a nomination-based community of 30 hugely talented young sustainability and energy professionals who have already achieved great things or are showing fantastic promise. Up next: Canary Wharf Group's CSR programme coodinator Julie Dang.

Each episode provides a deep dive into a net-zero or carbon-neutral strategy in less than 30 minutes

Net-Zero Navigators podcast: Meet Velux's vice-president for sustainability, Ingrid Reumert

To mark Net-Zero November, edie is publishing a mini series of podcasts interviewing the trendsetters and trailblazers in the net-zero movement. Up next: Velux's VP for global communications, sustainability & public affairs, Ingrid Reumert.

London can lead the UK's net-zero ambition as a world beating sustainable city

Boris Johnson's party conference address confirmed an already established belief that the green economy is no longer a fringe idea but is ripe for centre stage. The government is wholeheartedly committing to our net-zero targets - and is now detailing the tangible measures that can make this a reality.

BEIS believes its approach will create up to 130,000 jobs. Green groups are calling for long-term certainty that they will be protected

£2bn Green Homes Grant and £1bn Public Sector Decarbonisation Scheme open for applications

The Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) has officially launched £3bn of initiatives aimed at improving the energy efficiency of housing and public sector buildings.

The Government is ramping up spending on "greener" forms of housebuilding

Future Homes Task Force to ensure housebuilding is aligned to UK's net-zero target

A new cross-sector Future Homes Task Force is set to establish a multi-million-pound Delivery Hub to assist the built environment sector in improving the environmental footprint of new housebuilding.

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Sustainable Business Covered podcast: Talking net-zero for World Green Building Week 2020

Episode 91 of the Sustainable Business Covered podcast delivers three exclusive interviews with experts across the built environment sector to mark World Green Building Week 2020. With buildings accounting for around 40% of global energy consumption and 33% of emissions, this sector is a key focus in the transition to net-zero.

By 2036, the circular economy could add £35bn to the UK economy

Report: Circular economy can halve emissions of UK infrastructure projects

Transitioning to a circular economy can assist in the net-zero transition, with a new report supported by AECOM stating that carbon reductions of up to 50% can be delivered and £35bn generated for the UK economy by using closed-loop materials throughout the design process of infrastructure projects.

The organisations involved want the report to provide data-led solutions that can inform business decisions on how to use NBS and how they can contribute to wider corporate strategies

Businesses urged to harness 'nature-based solutions' to combat climate emergency

Businesses have been called upon to trial and pilot 'nature-based solutions' (NBS) in helping them reduce environmental impacts while helping the surrounding areas improve resiliency against a range of climate risks.

The built environment is responsible for 39% of global emissions annually, making the sector a key focus for the net-zero transition

Mott MacDonald signs World Green Building Council's net-zero commitment

Five major companies including Mott MacDonald have signed up to the World Green Building Council's (WorldGBC) net-zero carbon commitment, which binds signatories to reach carbon neutral operations by 2030.

The report also noted that the group achieved a 6.5% reduction in carbon emissions per tonne of production during the reporting year from a 2015 baseline

Ibstock to pilot net-zero factory

Brick manufacturer Ibstock has announced plans to pilot at least one net-zero factory, with the company outlining its intention to set a net-zero carbon goal for its operations in the near future.

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Net-Zero Business podcast: Exploring Turley's journey to carbon neutrality

In response to the accelerated pace at which corporates are examining and setting net-zero targets to help alleviate the climate crisis, edie has launched a new spin-off of the Sustainable Business Covered podcast. Up next, discussions on engagement and offsetting with Turley.

The whitepaper confirms that MPs will respond to the consultation on the Future Homes Standard this autumn

Government faces backlash over 'zero-carbon-ready' homes proposal

Housing Secretary Robert Jenrick has today unveiled new proposals to streamline the planning process for housebuilders, in a bid to deliver homes that are "zero carbon ready", but environmental groups have warned that the shake-up to planning could neglect the natural environment.

Pictured: An artist's impression of the finished project. Image: Landsec

Landsec unveils plans for UK's first net-zero office in London

Property developer Landsec has revealed that it is progressing plans for what it hopes will be the UK's first net-zero commercial building - an office block in Southwark, south London.

Boris Johnson has vowed to 'build, build, build' - but what must happen now to ensure that government and the construction sector are 'building back better'?

Building back better: What role should construction and retrofit sectors play in the UK's green recovery?

EXCLUSIVE: The Treasury this month launched a £3bn package to improve the energy efficiency of existing buildings while boosting employment post-pandemic. But what needs to happen now to ensure that the schemes it funds align with net-zero, and what about new buildings?

The net-zero target builds on a 26% reduction in carbon emissions and a 23% reduction in energy intensity recorded by M&G Real Estate since 2012

M&G Real Estate sets out net-zero commitment

M&G Real Estate has unveiled new carbon reduction targets, committing to reaching net-zero emissions across its operations by 2030 and its real estate portfolio by 2050, in line with the Government's net-zero target.

Solar-powered carpark lighting poles will offset more than 9,000kWh of energy use annually

First zero-emission McDonald's restaurant unveiled at Disney, Florida

McDonald's has unveiled its first zero-emissions restaurant at Walt Disney World Resort in Florida, with solar arrays, green walls and kinetic bikes all featuring to create enough renewable energy that the building will need each year.

In total, the Update detailed £160bn of spending. Image: Parliament Live TV

'An encouraging start': Reaction as Treasury unveils £3bn boost for green economy

Chancellor Rishi Sunak has delivered his Summer Economic Update to Parliament, including a £3bn package to stimulate the UK's green economy in the wake of the Covid-19 pandemic, which has broadly been welcomed by key individuals and organisations.

The survey results come as the Treasury prepares to announce new plans on retrofitting

Survey: Energy professionals believe retrofitting is key to a green Covid-19 recovery

A survey of 350 UK-based energy professionals has found that 80% want the majority of the UK's Covid-19 recovery package funnelled into 'green' industries, with energy efficiency retrofits for housing cited as the most popular route to both economic recovery and net-zero.

The company has also committed to sourcing 100% renewable electricity 

Barratt Developments sets net-zero target for 2040

The UK's largest housebuilder, Barratt Developments, has built on recently announced science-based targets by committing to achieving net-zero greenhouse gas emissions by 2040.

Retrofitting would spur progress towards key emissions targets while creating jobs and cutting NHS costs, the letter argues

UK's Covid-19 recovery package must mandate building retrofits, 100 businesses tell Ministers

EDF, Dimplex and Kingspan are among the cohort of 100+ businesses, investors and trade bodies calling for the UK's Covid-19 recovery package to contain legally-binding measures for addressing wasted energy and carbon emissions from housing.

British Land's portfolio is currently valued at around £14.8bn

British Land targets net-zero portfolio by 2030

Property development and investment giant British Land has unveiled a sweeping new sustainability strategy, headlined by a 2030 net-zero target for its office and retail estate.


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